3.5 V6 vs High Output 3.5

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Hey guys,
This the only F150 forum I watch, so apologize for a non 2021 question. I had been eyeing the new model but also wasn’t opposed to finding a leftover deal on a 2019/2020, and that’s the direction I ended up going getting a 2019 Ruby Red limited. I had been leasing a 2018 Lariat with the 3.5 V6 previously. My questions with the high output high engine are..

1. Is there anything under the hood that’s visibly different to a non car guy other than the twin exhaust?

2. And for someone who’s driven both the stock 3.5 and the high output.. after watching a lot of reviews I was expecting to hit the gas and be ‘floored’ by the extra power, but honestly it doesn’t feel that much more powerful than my previous 3.5 ecoboost. With only a 100 miles I’m letting the engine break in a bit before really giving it some gas but definitely expected more zip just based on reviews. Is that about the same feeling others have/had when driving each one?

Thanks!!
 
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Visibly it is very difficult to tell without close inspection, and even then it’s not super obvious. So, not really anything to see.

As for speed; gearing can make a difference in how it feels. It is more powerful but seat of the pants it would probably feel a lot different if: you run 93 octane exclusively and definitely a good tune. Oh, and the 22” rims aren’t helping the cause either. They’re heavy!

the limited is a nice truck. I miss my 2011. Sadly I won’t go with an ecoboost again. V8 is simple and proven, plus a Whipple means I get that super sexy whine. Haha
 
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Visibly it is very difficult to tell without close inspection, and even then it’s not super obvious. So, not really anything to see.

As for speed; gearing can make a difference in how it feels. It is more powerful but seat of the pants it would probably feel a lot different if: you run 93 octane exclusively and definitely a good tune. Oh, and the 22” rims aren’t helping the cause either. They’re heavy!

the limited is a nice truck. I miss my 2011. Sadly I won’t go with an ecoboost again. V8 is simple and proven, plus a Whipple means I get that super sexy whine. Haha

Thanks for the info!! Had read some articles on using premium. Always put 87 in my other EcoBoost but maybe I’ll give that a shot!
 

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Thanks for the info!! Had read some articles on using premium. Always put 87 in my other EcoBoost but maybe I’ll give that a shot!
I thought the HO required premium.

I forget the exact increase in hp and torque but torque is where you will feel it on take off. If the non-HO has 470 ft lbs and the HO has 510 ft lbs, that is less than a 10% increase. Hard to feel 10% more power.
 

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Info that just came out looks like the "standard" 3.5 Eco may be putting out 400HP and 500TQ..

https://starspost.com/2021-ford-f-150-sets-tow-rating-record-at-14000-pounds/

"The F-150 can hit that mark when equipped with its updated 3.5-liter turbocharged V6, which now puts out 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The model is also capable of hauling a 3,325-pound payload.

Ford’s new PowerBoost hybrid powertrain that combines the same engine with an electric motor between it and the F-150’s 10-speed automatic transmission has been certified at 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque and maximum towing of 12,700 pounds."
 

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